FAQ

 
 

What are the school hours?

Classes begin each day at 8:15am, students are expected to arrive by 8:10am and are dismissed each day at 3:15 pm. Students may arrive as early as 7:45am

DO you follow the public school vacation calendar?

Clark School is similar to the public school calendar through the New Year. However, instead of a week-long break in February and April, Clark has one two-week break in March.

what is the student to teacher ratio?

Class sizes do not exceed 15 students per class, with one teacher and one learning center support staff member per group.

Do you have a cafeteria?

Clark School does not have a cafeteria. Students must bring their own lunch everyday and eat in their classrooms with friends. Seniors may earn the privilege to go off campus for lunch.

How long is recess for?

Students Kindergarten - 8th Grade are awarded with 45 minutes of recess everyday.

Do you do mcas testing?

Clark School is an independent school and does not teach to or administer the MCAS test.

What Does a “Shadow Day” Entail?

A Shadow Day is meant to give prospective students a look into a “typical” school day. Your child will “shadow” or be partnered with someone already enrolled at Clark who may have similar interests. Teachers will invite your child to participate in the classroom as if they were enrolled. This day will give the admissions team and parents a good sense of whether Clark may be the right fit.

What Communities do your Families come from?

Clark School families primarily live on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley (Amesbury; Ipswich; Andover; Boxford; Georgetown; Groveland; Haverhill; Lawrence; Merrimack; Methuen; Newbury; Newburyport; North Andover; Rowley; Salisbury; and West Newbury). But come as far as New Hampshire and suburban Boston. School families primarily live on the North Shore, but come from as far as New Hampshire, Andover and suburban Boston. If Clark is the right fight for the child, parents make the commitment to travel or arrange carpools.

Do you offer transportation to and from school?

We currently have a Swampscott/Beverly/Salem route, Burlington/Lynnfield Route and a North Andover/Reading/Danvers route that is run by Clark. Otherwise, Clark is happy to put you in touch with families who live in your area who may be interested in creating a carpool.

DO YOU OFFER TUTORING?

Clark School teachers are available for hire for extra tutoring during the school year or over the summer. We also offer Academic After-school, for no additional fee, where students are invited to complete their homework after school with a teacher’s guidance.

WHO ARE OUR TEACHERS?

All of our teachers hold Bachelor’s Degrees or higher. At Clark we look for teachers who are flexible, patient and able to switch gears to accommodate the many learning styles of students. We invite you to read our teacher bios on the “Staff” page of our website.

HOW MUCH PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS REQUIRED?

Parent involvement is not required, but we offer many opportunities to get involved in the school as much or as little as your schedule allows. We have a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) that is always looking for new parents to join and help with social and fundraising efforts.

Who Should Apply?

Clark School is unique in that we work we with students who have learning differences (dyslexia, high functioning autism, executive functioning, processing delay , etc…) as well as academically average students, and gifted/accelerated students or students who play sports or have careers and utilize our online classrooms. We also accept students on IEP’s and/or Neuropsych’s and 504 plans. At Clark we are an open and accepting community where students and staff have mutual respect for one another.

when is the application deadline?

Clark School offers rolling admissions so you can apply at anytime that's right for you and your child! Email admissions@clarkschool.com or call 978-777-4699 ext.112 to learn more!